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David Axt, AIA, CCS, CSI
Senior Member
Username: david_axt

Post Number: 758
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 05:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Where can I find information on life cycle costs for building materials? Mainly I am looking for information to give to an owner concerning when they should expect to replace a material.
Frederick L. Jang, RA, CSI
Intermediate Member
Username: fred_jang

Post Number: 4
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 05:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Please check out RS Means' Facilities Maintenance & Repair Cost Data. Here are some examples: Roofing: Non-destructive moisture inspection- every 5 years; Total roof replacement- 28 years. Along with frequency in years, it also provides labor and materials cost data. Your local bookstore that sells technical books should have this yearly publication in stock. Good luck!
David Axt, AIA, CCS, CSI
Senior Member
Username: david_axt

Post Number: 760
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 - 01:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks Frederick!

We just ordered the book that you recommended.

Since my firm does a lot of historic preservation projects, we have been asked by owners to do existing facility feasibility studies. The LCA information will be very useful for determining what needs repair/replacement/removal.
Tobin Oruch, CDT
Senior Member
Username: oruch

Post Number: 35
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 03:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

HVAC/R related lifespans are listed in the ASHRAE Applications manual (Owning and Operation Costs chapter); e.g., roof-top air conditioners are 15 yrs. I don't know how they compare to Means...

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